It has emerged that former President John Dramani Mahama is the reason the infamous Kwesi Botchwey report on the loss of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 poll has not been made public, particularly to members of the party, Today can report.
Mr Mahama, shortly after the 2016 election which he lost massively to the then candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, our sources at the NDC Adabraka head office said, held an emergency meeting with his campaign team.
According to the minutes of the said meeting held at the residence of Mr Mahama, dated Sunday, December 11, 2016, and intercepted by Today, the former Ghanaian leader wanted to know what actually contributed to his humiliating defeat, having done everything right to ensure his re-election in the 2016 poll.
“With all due respect, I (Mr. Mahama) demand to know what you (referring to his campaign team) did not do right which has brought shame to me and the NDC. Get people to go around the country and find out from our grassroots supporters and sympathisers why this loss,” paragraph 3 of the minutes stated.
Following the orders of Mr Mahama, a member of the 2016 Campaign Team of former President Mahama, who was at the meeting, told Today on condition of anonymity that they then decided to commission a committee to undertake that task.
However, the source said, although the idea was mooted by Mr Mahama, they decided to make it a party affair, “so that it would not look like we wanted to protect Mahama’s interest instead of the NDC,” hence the inclusion of the party’s executives to constitute the committee.
“So technically it was former President Mahama who wanted a report on why he performed abysmally in the last elections, and not the NDC. In fact, he funded the Kwesi Botchwey’s committee to do the work, and he did that on the condition that, the report of the committee will not be made public but he alone should have a copy,” our source said.
“Why do they want us to make the report public when it is very damning, and can jeorpadise Mahama’s comeback? Even some NDC flag-bearer aspirants can use it against him,” the source added.
The NDC after 2016 election commissioned a 13-member committee chaired by Professor Kwesi Botchwey to tour the country and interact with the NDC members and supporters to ascertain what caused the party’s massive defeat in the 2016 election since 1992.
The committee after six (6) months presented its report to the NDC national executives, which was received by the party’s National Chairman, Kofi Porturphy.
Excerpts of recommendations of the 455-page report included “peacemaking and healing” tour to be led by “credible and eminent” personalities in the party.
Other recommendations included in the report subtitled, “Listening to the voice of the grassroots,” were restoring the integrity of the NDC’s biometric register, expansion of the party’s electoral college, reconnecting with the party’s social democratic philosophy and enhancing its intellectual and research base.
The report also wanted the party to restore the capacity and effectiveness of party organs believed to have been sidelined in the run-up to the 2016 election as well as to strengthen its youth and women wings.
But 16 months after the report was presented to the NDC, regional, constituency, branch executives including the other ten (10) flag-bearer aspirants of the party are yet to see the full content of the report.
“Why is it that only former President Mahama has a copy of the report and the other aspirants don’t have it? This is not fair, and if that is how they want to impose him on us we’ll still stay home in 2020 and not vote,” a branch executive member of Tema West NDC, who gave his name as Yaw Amponsah, told Today.
“And it is not only serving members of the party like the branch executives who are not happy with the development, some of the party’s presidential hopefuls like former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekwow Spio, Garbrah, former Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, all feel that there is an attempt by the party’s national executive to favour Mr Mahama’s comeback bid,” he added.
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